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Peter Ames Carlin

Autor(a) de Bruce

5 Works 905 Membros 37 Críticas

About the Author

Peter Ames Carlin is the author of several books, including the New York Times bestseller Bruce, and biography of Bruce journalist, a senior writer at People, and a television columnist and feature writer at The Oregonian. A regular $ on music, art, and popular culture, he lives in Portland, Oregan mostrar mais with his wife and three children. mostrar menos

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Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
20th century
Locais de residência
Portland, Oregon, USA



I really enjoyed this one. I was blissfully unaware of Warner's spot in music history. Sure, when I was younger, I knew I owned a disproportionate number of albums on the Elektra/Asylum and Sire rosters, but I never really put it all together until this book.

Mo Ostin was obviously a freaking pioneer in any industry. As I read how he guided the company, all I could think is, this is the polar opposite of how every single corporate entity runs. This isn't just a cool book about some cool music makers and how one company elevated them, it's also an important instruction manual on how to run a business.

Hire people for their talent. Give them some space to both learn and make mistakes. Then, trust them to do what they do best. Don't restrict them, empower them.

I loved this book for the stories. I loved it for the personalities. I loved it for the musicians. But I loved it most for the message.
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TobinElliott | 2 outras críticas | Jun 14, 2023 |
This book feels more like Warner Bros. Records: A Celebration rather than a critical, but balanced, retrospective analysis of the company, which I would have appreciated more. For example, the author notes in passing that the atmosphere at the record company could be dismissive and unsupportive of women--but his modern day writing about these women is also superficial, often commenting only on their physical appearance. This book would have been more interesting if he had dug deeper and shared the perspectives of these women (in the acknowledgements he mentions that he did interview some of them).

The other glaring omission here is about the contractual relationships between WB and its artists. While the author details how much money the record company executives made (and spent) in WB's golden years, he hardly mentions how the business relationships benefited (or exploited) the artists who created the music.
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librarianarpita | 2 outras críticas | Oct 19, 2022 |
I don't think it's the author's fault that I came away from this book not liking Paul Simon very much, although I still like his music. I found the book most interesting when Paul and Artie began singing together as Tom and Jerry and then later Simon and Garfunkel. There was some good background information on the songs Paul wrote, but mostly it was a lot of the nitty gritty of the music business. Near the end, I skimmed more than read the book.
eliorajoy | 15 outras críticas | Sep 19, 2022 |
En biografi med inriktning på fakta, siffror och datum. Helt i min stil. Tjock och detaljerad med mycket försäljningssiffror, konsertdatum och inspelningstider. Minst lika bra som Bruce egna memoarer och dom kompletterar varandra snyggt.
Mikael.Linder | 12 outras críticas | Feb 8, 2022 |


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